The Best Food Truck Cities
By Sarah Bruning, CNTraveler.com
Paris recently jumped on the food truck game, but other cities have been churning out craveworthy mobile munchies for years. We’re saluting the crème de le crème worldwide.
The City of Angels boasts more than 250 roving restaurants (not counting carts), according to data from food-truck blog Roaming Hunger. Korean-American chef Roy Choi kicked off the craze in 2008, when he took his signature Asian-fusion tacos to the streets with the Kogi. Since then, he’s been joined by renowned toques and neophytes hawking everything from buttermilk fried chicken (Ludo Lefebvre’s Ludotruck) to Spanish staples (Barcelona On the Go) and made-to-order Neapolitan pizza ( The Urban Oven).
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There’s a strong south-of-the-border bent to this town’s brigade, with Chi’lantro, Torchy’s (pictured) and Veracruz All Natural, among others, churning out superlative tacos at all hours of the day and night. Still, BBQ has its place with the ever-popular Micklethwait Craft Meats, and a cavalry of sweet slingers includes Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts and Gourdough’s wacky donuts. It’s also hard to beat James Beard Award-winner Paul Qui’s East Side King for a gourmet lunchtime bargain.
NEW YORK CITY
While the Big Apple may not reach L.A. or Austin’s number, it certainly contends with the number and scope of its food trucks—many of which have gone on to spawn permanent eateries. Craving vegan plum pancakes? Hit up The Cinnamon Snail. How about crispy Taiwanese pork chops? Bian Dang’s got you covered. Dessert time? Coolhaus, Van Leeuwen and Treats Truck all to the rescue. The city was also the first to salute its roving restaurants with the annual Vendy Awards (pictured), which celebrates its tenth year this fall.